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UK 800MHz 4G mobile spectrum will finally be cleared on Wednesday

Ofcom says its four-year process to release digital TV and wireless microphone frequencies for 4G mobile broadband will be completed this week, five months earlier than originally planned.

Wireless microphones, which are often used at conferences and for theatre productions, have now been moved to different frequencies. In addition, TV transmitters and receivers across the UK have been retuned. The final TV retune will be completed on Wednesday in northern Scotland.

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Not all good news...

Mark Bridge writes:

The UK is beginning its week with news of a long-awaited sporting victory for Andy Murray. The telecoms world had its own much-anticipated good news last week, when European roaming rates fell again. And regardless of Neelie Kroes’ plans to abolish roaming rates completely, there’ll definitely be another roaming cut in 2014.

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New mobile products from Sony, Firefox and Sainsbury's

Podcast - 3rd July 2013

In our podcast this week we're discussing the new SmartWatch from Sony, talking about Firefox OS smartphones and contemplating Vodafone's partnership with Sainsbury's.

We're also looking at complaint figures, roaming charges, pay as you go pricing, joint ventures, BlackBerry's recent results and the future of Windows Phone.

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Three UK introduces ultra-simple 'pay as you go' tariff

Three UK introduces ultra-simple 'pay as you go' tariff

Three UK has launched a ‘back to basics’ Pay As You Go offer with three straightforward rates: 3p per minute for calls, 2p each for SMS text messages and 1p per MB for mobile data.

The company points out that it’s not forcing customers to pick different options or choose between a preference for texts, calls or data. There’s also no 30-day expiry of credit.

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Good news from Sony Mobile, bad news from BlackBerry

Mark Bridge writes:

I don’t know about you but I’m delighted to see Sony Mobile getting plenty of coverage for its new smart watch and giant smartphone. The company’s impressive presence at Mobile World Congress 2013 showed plenty of promise... and I’d say it’s now delivering.

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